Dustin from ‘Stranger Things’ will put you on his Instagram if you meet

Alright, alright, alright we all already know the kids on “Stranger Things” are some of the most charming creatures to come into our lives this year. But as if their on-screen performances weren’t enough, they’re pretty stellar in real life too.

Photo via Netflix
Photo via Netflix

Read: In love with ‘Stranger Things’? The opening theme was scored by an Austin band

For instance, Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, posted a photo on Instagram with a fan yesterday and announced that if anyone comes up to him asking for a photo, he too will post a picture with them on his account.

Watch: ‘Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown gets head shaved in viral video

“I’m starting a new thing,” the caption reads. “Every fan that stops me and asks me to take a picture with them, I will ask them to take a picture with me because they mean as much to me as I mean to them. This guy was awesome, I couldn’t resist having him be in the start of my new trend.”

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He seems to be holding up that promise — though, yes it’s only been a day — and has already posted photos with four more fans.

P.S: Did you know the kid can sing? He was even in “Les Misérables” on Broadway.

El Arroyo paid homage to Donald Trump’s Austin visit with a McConaughey joke

What, you thought one of the funniest signs in Austin would just let Donald Trump’s Austin campaign stop go unnoticed? El Arroyo, the downtown Austin Tex-Mex restaurant known for its witty, oft-topical marquee, trotted out just the right combination of black block letters Tuesday.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016 for a fundraiser and rally. (Elizabeth Kreutz/For the American-Statesman)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives in Austin on Aug. 23, 2016 for a fundraiser and rally. (Elizabeth Kreutz/For the American-Statesman)

Remember, when in doubt: Matthew McConaughey.

The sign, posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page, reads “McConaughey 2016/Make America Alright Again.” This is not the first time the El Arroyo sign has weighed in on the 2016 presidential election. (And Longhorns football. And Brexit. And Beyonce.) Follow live coverage of Trump’s visit to Austin.

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Matthew McConaughey helps out with the auction during the Jack Ingram and Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. (Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman)
Matthew McConaughey helps out with the auction during the Jack Ingram and Friends ft. Eric Church at ACL Live on April 14, 2016. (Suzanne Cordeiro for American Statesman)

‘N Sync’s Lance Bass was in town last night with Austin Pride

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 19: Singer Lance Bass attend a cocktail reception Benefit for onePULSE Foundation at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Singer Lance Bass attend a cocktail reception Benefit for onePULSE Foundation at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

‘N Sync’s Lance Bass made a trip to Austin last night and spent the evening at Austin Pride’s fourth annual Werk Fashion Show.

Photos: A-List: 2015 Austin Pride Parade

The former boy-band member co-hosted the show at ACL Live at The Moody Theater with YouTube star and drag queen Coco Peru. The Werk Fashion Show was held to raise funds for Austin LGBT programs like OutYouth Austin, Austin Galano Club and AIDS Services of Austin.

Related: NSYNC reunites to celebrate JC Chasez’s 40th birthday

 

Matthew McConaughey has a YouTube channel nobody knew about

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Two days ago, the internet granted us a little gift: the discovery of Austin’s own Oscar-winning Matthew McConaughey’s YouTube channel.

Read: Of course Matthew McConaughey wore a Hook’em shirt to the Rio Olympics

As the Reddit user who found the link pointed out, the “Dazed and Confused” actor indeed has a verified YouTube channel. The weird thing is nobody had seemed to watch it. It wasn’t until the Redditor’s thread went viral that one of McConaughey’s videos reached over 1 million views — even then, the rest of the videos have under 200,000 views. That seems really strange for a Hollywood actor of his popularity.

Related: In case you were wondering why we call Matthew McConaughey Austin’s spirit animal

McConaughey joined YouTube in 2013, though he didn’t post his first video until a little over a year later (from Austin, mind you). In it, he pushes people to go to Whole Foods and purchase bottles from “I Am Waters” which provides clean water to homeless public school children.

Most of the videos are him advocating for one cause or another, actually. There’s a second one of him talking about “I Am Waters” again. There’s also a couple of videos where he talks about his Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and #GivingTuesday, a movement to create an international day of giving following Thanksgiving in the U.S.

Aside from his charitable videos, he’s also posted a couple of movie trailers from movies he recently starred in — specifically, the animated movies “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Sing.”

Related: Want to take a UT class taught by an Academy Award winner?

We’re not sure why his videos haven’t taken off in the past, but he seems to be using them for a good cause. Maybe that Reddit thread will give him the followers he deserves. But for now, we’ll leave you with McConaughey’s sign-off for every video: “Just keep livin’.”

 

 

James Bond is in Austin, and he’s becoming quite the Texan

James Bond’s drink of choice is usually a martini, (shaken, not stirred), but when he comes to Austin, he prefers a Bloody Mary from Guero’s Taco Bar.

Pierce Brosnan has been filming a series for AMC in Central Texas this month, and in his downtime, he’s been exploring all the best that Austin and the surrounding areas has to offer.

According to his Instagram account, he’s been living it up on South Congress, at Guero’s:

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And he got his Texas history on at the Bullock Texas State History Museum:

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And he even had time to play a round of golf at Barton Creek:

Brosnan is playing the lead in the upcoming AMC series “The Son,” a “multi-generational epic tale of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family,” according to Deadline. The series is based on local author Philipp Meyer’s 2013 novel of the same name.  

Brosnan replaced “Jurassic Park“‘s Sam Neill, who was originally cast in the role.

“The Son” is scheduled to air on AMC in April 2017.

Take this opportunity to revisit Ryan Lochte’s amazing tweets about movies

Siskel would have never. Ebert could only have dreamed. Maltin wishes. America’s greatest movie critic: Olympic swimmer, platinum blond and person-who-was-maybe-robbed-but-also-possibly-not Ryan Lochte.

Ryan Lochte (USA), is seen during the Swimming Press Conference of team USA at the Main Press Center at Olympic Park Barra prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 3, 2016. (Michael Kappeler/DPA/Abaca Press/TNS)
Ryan Lochte (USA), is seen during the Swimming Press Conference of team USA at the Main Press Center at Olympic Park Barra prior to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 3, 2016. (Michael Kappeler/DPA/Abaca Press/TNS)

Lochte claimed Sunday that he and three other U.S. swimmers — including University of Texas senior Jack Conger, former Longhorn Jimmy Feigen and Gunnar Bentz —had been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro by someone posing as a police officer. In the following days, the veracity of Lochte’s claims were called into question by Brazilian officials. The Associated Press on Thursday reported that Conger told police that Lochte fabricated the robbery narrative.

Over the years, Lochte has garnered a reputation in pop culture as a bro with enthusiasm in place of intellectual prowess. A reality show called “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” attempted to answer the titular question in amusing ways, and the swimmer famously lampooned his image as a “sex idiot” on “30 Rock.”

What better time than now to revisit the gems to be found in Lochte’s Twitter feed? In late June, Buzzfeed staff writer Grace Spelman went on quite the spree of Lochte archaeology (Lochteology), unearthing the swimmer’s passionate endorsement of various movies.

The resulting thread is a journey into a world where the concepts of ego and superego have been drowned at the bottom of a murky, green swimming pool and cultural criticism is rooted in pure, delighted id. Here are some of the best Lochte tweets curated by Spelman.

Relive all the magic on Spelman’s Twitter thread. Jeah.

 

Attention earthlings: This new ‘holiday’ celebrates planet’s trip around the galaxy

Attention earthlings: A man named David Sneider is doing his best to spread the word about a self-declared holiday celebrating our planet’s trip around the Milky Way. It’s called “Galactic Tick Day.”

FILE - In this early morning, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, a meteor streaks past the faint band of the Milky Way galaxy above the Wyoming countryside north of Cheyenne, Wyo., during a Perseids meteor shower. On Thursday night, Aug. 11, 2016 into early Friday morning, the Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak with double the normal number of meteors. Scientists call this an outburst, and they say it could reach up to 200 meteors per hour. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)
In this early morning, Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, a meteor streaks past the faint band of the Milky Way galaxy above the Wyoming countryside north of Cheyenne, Wyo., during a Perseids meteor shower.(AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Blaine McCartney)

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On Sept. 29, 2016 Sneider plans to celebrate the first official Galactic Tick Day — though according to his calculations, this will technically be the 235th. Sneider, who works for a startup in San Francisco, defines the holiday as “a celebration of our progress around the Milky Way.”

According to his website, it takes the earth and the rest of the solar system 225 million years to travel around the galaxy. One centi-arcsecond of this rotation is what he calls a Galactic Tick, which happens every 633.70 days (or 1.74 years).

Read: Milky Way galaxy survey complete, see the stunning images

He marks the first Galactic Tick as the day the patent for the first telescope was filed by Hans Lippershey on Oct. 2, 1608. “This is in honor of the telescope’s power to allow us to achieve awareness of the nature of the universe,” the website reads.

Sneider said in an email that his call to make this a globally celebrated holiday is not a commercial project.

“Just doing it because our scale in the universe is amazing and it’s recognition can have untold positive repercussions for us humans,” he said.

Read: Repeated radio signal coming from space

So if you too have an affinity for celestial happenings and want to celebrate with Sneider, he already made an event page for a party in San Francisco on Facebook.

Happy soon-to-be Galactic Tick Day!

HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ stars rethink contracts as clients rent out homes

Clients of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have figured out the way to get the most out of their newly renovated homes — they’ve turned them into vacation rentals.

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia House has begun booking reservations for 2017. The couple appears on the HGTV show "Fixer Upper." (HGTV)
Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia House has begun booking reservations for 2017. The couple appears on the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.” (HGTV)

For the past couple of years, the Waco couple, who own remodeling and design business Magnolia Homes, has captured the interests of viewers everywhere with their show, in which they revitalize once-dilapidated homes. But according to the Waco Tribune-Herald, these fans now have the chance to stay several nights in one of these homes.

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Nearly half a dozen of the owners who have been featured on the show have decided to capitalize on the show’s popularity and have listed their homes on property rental sites like Vacation Rentals By Owner and Airbnb.

This development has led the Gaines to consider changes for people who apply to appear on season five. Here is what Magnolia spokesman Brock Murphy said in a statement to the Waco Tribune-Herald:

“We have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving ‘Fixer Upper’ clients moving forward. We want to honor our national viewing audience. We want to do remodels for clients’ homes. That’s the true intent of our show, and we want to ensure that does not get lost in this new vacation rental trend. What started off with perfectly understandable intentions could cast a shadow of a doubt on the much bigger picture, and we are going to do our best to protect that moving forward.”

Read: ‘Fixer Upper’: Goats shot, killed on Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Texas property

Read the Waco Tribune-Herald’s full story here.

Hodor stopped by a Chinese restaurant in Austin this week

Say what you want about how cool it might be to live in Westeros, but the food doesn’t seem that great. (The wine, on the other hand …) That’s why we’re happy that Hodor could swing by a downtown Austin restaurant this week for dinner.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22:  Actors Isaac Hempstead Wright (L) and Kristian Nairn attend the "Game Of Thrones" panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 22: Actors Isaac Hempstead Wright (L) and Kristian Nairn attend the “Game Of Thrones” panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

According to C.K. Chin, owner of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow, “Game of Thrones” actor Kristian Nairn dined at the Chinese eatery and even stopped for a photo opp:

Nairn, who’s also a touring DJ, played two Austin gigs this week at Kingdom. It might not have the perfect name for a “GoT” inside joke, but it is a fine venue for such an event.

[h/t Eater Austin]

Michael Phelps shows Katie Ledecky best way to wear her Olympic medals

OMAHA, NE - JULY 03: (L-R) Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrate during Day Eight of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 3, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrate during Day Eight of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 3, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

What’s one struggle of being a multi-awarded Olympian you might not realize? It’s actually really difficult to arrange multiple medals around your neck in a fashion that doesn’t make you look like a total fool.

Related: Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps re-create 10-year-old viral photo

But if there’s ever an athlete in need of help, there’s probably no man better than Michael Phelps — the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals — to turn to.

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For this week’s Sports Illustrated,  some Olympic beasts — swimmer Katie Ledecky, gymnast Simone Biles and Phelps — are featured on the cover for taking home five medals from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In some behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot, we get to see Phelps help Ledecky — who is basically the new face of USA swimming — place her medals in the best way for their photo. It’s almost like watching him pass a metaphorical torch onto the 19-year-old, four-time gold medalist.

“You’ll learn,” Phelps tells Ledecky. “Don’t worry about it.”

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